Robert Arends

Coronado Kayaking: Make Waves on a Tour to the Coronado Bridge!

Our good friends at the Coronado Visitor Center and Coronado Museum of History and Art recently blogged about a kayaking adventure from Glorietta Bay to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, and I just had to share it!

The following was written by Coronado Visitor Center intern Chelsey Schmid:

Chelsey Schmid and her mom on a Coronado kayaking adventure!

Chelsey Schmid and her mom on a Coronado kayaking adventure.

Mom and I were looking for something fun – we wanted to make a new memory together, so we decided to try kayaking in Coronado.

Seaforth Boat Rentals boasts one of the largest arrays of rental crafts on the island, with everything from fishing boats to Jet Skis to kayaks. They incidentally also have the perfect location for their line of work. The rental center is not merely on the shore but literally on the water, with a metal gangway leading to the building. Boats, boards, and kayaks are launched directly from their platform into the glorious Glorietta Bay; which is located across Orange Avenue, one block south of the Hotel del Coronado.

The staff generously provided the instructions we needed. Paddlers can make their way around the sheltered waters of the bay or, for the more adventurous, the sweeping expanses of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge which beckoned us in the distance.  They did warn us about the midday; when the winds pick up, that’s not the best time for beginners.

coronado bay bridge kayaking san diego

Kayaking under the immense Coronado Bay Bridge gives you a whole new perspective. (Photo: Brett Shoaf, Artistic Visuals)

My mom and I enjoyed our journey out to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge; it was relaxing and fun, and we made excellent time. After arriving, we floated near the shore for a while, enjoying the warm California sun and the gentle lap of the waves against our kayak. The view was amazing!

We glided triumphantly back into the marina and docked, excited about our accomplishment of trying something new. We felt wonderfully happy and eager to come back again for more. Our round trip took about 2 hours.

The excellent crew at Seaforth really made the pieces fall into place. It’s a ‘must do’ for those who enjoy the water! Seaforth has single, double and triple kayaks. For a 2 hour rental, expect to pay from $18-$45.

Thank you to Chelsey for sharing her story!

Make your own memories by visiting Coronado during the winter holiday season. The city offers plenty of fun festivities coming up, like ice skating by the sea, caroling gondoliers, a holiday parade and much more.

Do you have a San Diego memory you’d like to share? Tell us about it in the comments below.

 

Maren

The Life Aquatic on San Diego’s Mission Bay

Mission Bay Water Skier and Boat
Mission Bay Water Skier and Boat

Waterskiing on Mission Bay is a popular San Diego activity.

San Diego’s Mission Bay is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the world. Comprised of a 4,600-acre aquatic playground surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline and grassy parks, a day spent on Mission Bay can include an assortment of outdoors water activities, from the active to the relaxing, for everyone from the watersport novice to the experienced professional.

Pick your activity at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Mission Bay

San Diego’s Mission Bay is a 4,600-acre aquatic playground perfect for sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and more.

Don’t know exactly what you’re looking for? A great place to start is at the Mission Bay Aquatics Center. Located at the south end of Santa Clara Point, it is located in the center of Mission Bay and boasts a diverse mix of watersports equipment and instruction. Learn how to sail, windsurf, wakeboard, surf, kayak, row, or stand up paddle, through a huge selection of class levels and times. Mission Bay Aquatic Center also has rentals available for those with previous experience on the water.

Where: 1001 Santa Clara Place, Mission Beach, CA 92109
> Find out more about the Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Cruise aboard the Bahia Belle

Bahia Belle on Mission Bay

Relax on a sunset cruise across Mission Bay aboard the Bahia Belle.

If you’d prefer to relax on the water and let someone else take hold of the wheel, the Bahia Belle sunset cruise is what you are looking for. The Bahia Belle is a Mississippi-style sternwheeler that cruises the waters of Mission Bay between the Bahia Resort and its sister property, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. The evening cruises offer a relaxing evening of cocktails and dancing as you glide seamlessly across the water. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years old. Guests at the Catamaran or the Bahia enjoy a complimentary cruise aboard the Bahia Belle.

Where: Bahia Resort Hotel – 998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA 92109
> Find out more about Sternwheeler Cruises on Mission Bay

Sportfishing Excursions from Mission Bay

Saltwater Sportfishing - Seaforth Boat Rentals

Time for some Saltwater Fishing. Photo courtesy of Seaforth Boat Rentals

Whether you fancy an early AM, twilight or overnight trip, Seaforth Sportfishing offers daily sportsfishing trips that launch from Mission Bay and head out to the Pacific Ocean to try for yellowtail, rockfish, and sculpin. Private charters are also available aboard one of their 16 charter boats.

Where: 1717 Quivira Rd. San Diego, CA 92109
> Find out more about Seaforth Sportfishing

> Discover more of San Diego’s Mission Bay

What’s your favorite thing to do on the waters of Mission Bay?

Maren

Top Things this Spring in San Diego

Coronado Beach
Coronado Beach

Spring into Coronado Beach, the #1 beach in America

Spring is a time of longer days, warmer temps and renewed energies – it is also the perfect time take your lightened heart and visit San Diego, where springtime activities abound. From desert blooms to Zoo babies, San Diego is certain to enliven your spirit this spring.

Spring Babies at the Attractions

Spring's New Babies at San Diego Attractions

Say hello to Xiao Liwu at the San Diego Zoo.

Come meet the newest and cutest additions at San Diego’s attractions, including the new baby killer whale at SeaWorld San Diego, the Chinese Giant Panda cub Xiao Liwu at the San Diego Zoo and Kayode, a southern white rhino at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

> See what else is going on at San Diego attractions this Spring

Let’s Go Padres!

San Diego Padres at PETCO Park

Catch the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Photo courtesy of Mark Whitt.

Root for the San Diego Padres this spring on April 9 when they play the Los Angeles Dodgers at the state-of-the-art downtown Petco Ballpark for the beginning of the six-month season of Major League Baseball. Make it a night and start or end the evening at one of the numerous bars and restaurants surrounding the park in downtown’s famous Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.

Warmer Waters

Kayakers in La Jolla

Take to San Diego’s waters this Spring

As the mercury rises, it’s time to get out to San Diego’s 70 miles of beach and enjoy any number of water activities. Learn how to surf through private or group lessons with Surf Diva Surf School, located on La Jolla Shores. Kayaking through La Jolla’s famous 7 caves is another great opportunity for spring. Choose from one of the many companies offering tours, including OEX La Jolla, La Jolla Kayak, or Hike Bike Kayak Sports La Jolla, or try out the newest craze in watersports, Stand Up Paddleboarding with OEX La Jolla or Surf Diva.

> Get outdoors in San Diego this Spring

Fields of Flowers

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflower Season

Spectacular Anza-Borrego Desert wildflowers!

San Diego’s mild winters lend themselves to early and bountiful flower blooms around the county. Check out the wild flower blooms happening in San Diego’s Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, just east of San Diego, or head up to the sea of giant ranunculus flowers at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad California, open March 1 – May 5, 2013.

> See more Spring wildflowers in San Diego

What are you looking forward to doing in San Diego this Spring? Tell us in the comments below.

Chris

Kayaking the Caves of San Diego’s La Jolla

Kayaking through the La Jolla Caves
Kayaking through the La Jolla Caves

Kayaking through the La Jolla Caves

When the sun comes out this weekend there’s only one thing in San Diego that I want to do – kayak through the caves in La Jolla! These natural wonders are quickly becoming one of the most popular attractions in San Diego as thousands of locals and visitors paddle in wonder through these hidden gems every week.

OEX Kayak Tour in La Jolla

A Group of Kayakers on their way to the La Jolla Caves

La Jolla Shore’s natural boat launch creates a perfect place for beginners and avid kayakers alike to start their adventure around the cove. After just a 20 minute paddle out from the boat launch, kayakers arrive at the famous La Jolla sea caves.

Millions of waves and years have carved these north facing sea caves – including Big Rock, Arches, Emeralds, and Sunny Jim’s – out of the 75 million years old sandstone cliff side. Kayaking or swimming through the reserve are the only ways to explore most of these caves, though Sunny Jim’s is the only known land accessible sea cave on the California coastline.

Kayaking in La Jolla

It's always fun kayaking in La Jolla

The famous caves aren’t the only thing you can expect when kayaking in La Jolla. Boasting some of the most condensed sea life in all of California, the La Jolla Environmental Protection Area and Underwater Ecological Park is home to dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, girabaldi, sea turtles, leopard sharks and even gray whales! Being up close and personal with the wildlife is really what keeps myself and others coming back to the area time and time again. Just recently, I personally had a harbor seal swim underneath my kayak and proceeded to scratch himself on my boat and then try to grab another kayaker’s paddle! Since the area is inhabited with sea life and people alike, the wild animals have grown accustom to coming up close and personal. Lucky for them, the government protection allows them the freedom of curiosity!

So what are you waiting for, grab (or rent) a kayak and get exploring. Tell us in the comments below, where is your kayaking hidden gem in San Diego?

Robert Arends

20 Perfect Days to Play in Coronado!

Have you entered Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s 20 Days, Your Way” giveaway yet? If not, time is ticking… Last day for submissions is next Tuesday, October 25. Grand prize: 20 free room nights! It’s all to celebrate the resort’s big 20th Anniversary. Good luck!

So I was thinking, if I was eligible to enter and I WON, what would I do, not only at Loews’ resort, but around the picturesque island of Coronado? Fortunately, there’s a plethora of delightful and exciting activities to enjoy: arts & culture, fine dining, spas, outdoor recreation and much more.

Read on to see Robert’s 20 picks for 20 days on Coronado…